Images of Southern culture capture rural experience
Rural Southern culture is changing. The places and traditions that make small towns across the region unique are slowly disappearing as the unpainted clapboard buildings are torn down, mom-and-pop operations close and the fast-food frenzy of mass-produced American culture takes over.

$7 million in one-day ticket sales for 'The Odd Couple'
NEW YORK - The revival of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, doesn't open on Broadway until Oct. 27, but the show took in a whopping $7 million Monday when tickets went on sale for American Express cardholders only.

Phillies top Rangers
PHILADELPHIA - Pat Burrell homered twice and drove in four runs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies complete a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 10-8 victory on Thursday night.

Summer vacation postcards arrive from all over

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'
NEW YORK - At the foot of a seven-story granite arch in the middle of a busy traffic circle, a scuffed yellow door opens once a week to a scene that's straight out of a children's storybook.

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'
NEW YORK - At the foot of a seven-story granite arch in the middle of a busy traffic circle, a scuffed yellow door opens once a week to a scene that's straight out of a children's storybook.

Man delivers pizzas after being shot in leg
TAMPA, Fla. - A robbery attempt by a masked man and a gunshot wound to the leg didn't stop a pizza delivery man from making his rounds, pies in hand.

Odds and Ends
LAPORTE, Ind. - A huge Harry Potter fan is about to embark on a magical mission of sorts.

Branch crashes through roof and kills man in bed
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A large tree limb crashed through a roof and killed a man in his bed.

Branch crashes through roof and kills man in bed
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A large tree limb crashed through a roof and killed a man in his bed.

Odds and Ends
LAPORTE, Ind. - A huge Harry Potter fan is about to embark on a magical mission of sorts.

Rookie torches Braves
ATLANTA - This week was the first time the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels had ever played one another.

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued to update their ever-growing injury list Wednesday.

Rookie torches Braves
ATLANTA - This week was the first time the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels had ever played one another.

Rookies key for Braves
ATLANTA - At age 46, Julio Franco already felt like an old man when the Atlanta Braves' broke spring training camp.

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued to update their ever-growing injury list Wednesday.

Chipper Jones to skip surgery
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones doesn't need surgery on his ailing left foot, but the Atlanta Braves third baseman will have to sit out four to six weeks while the injury heals.

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada is, by all estimations, a pretty big guy.

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada is, by all estimations, a pretty big guy.

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'

Rookies key for Braves

Rookie torches Braves

Rookies key for Braves
ATLANTA - At age 46, Julio Franco already felt like an old man when the Atlanta Braves' broke spring training camp.

Down to the Signs

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding
NEW YORK - Stocks slumped Wednesday as the Bush administration said the nation's economy would likely grow at a slower pace than forecast six months ago, an assessment that eclipsed positive corporate news and lower oil prices.

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles
WASHINGTON - Oil prices fell for the third straight day on Wednesday, slipping below $53 a barrel after a rally that was sparked by a drop in supplies and as brokers locked in profits from a recent runup.

Sentence holds businesses' fate
The companies Charles Walker spent years building could fall apart in a matter of weeks, depending on the severity of his sentence.

Development plans run gamut
Today, motorists might notice the site for its barren landscape. But eventually, a cleared location off North Belair Road will have everything from medical to professional to retail offerings and even parklike green space.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks
WASHINGTON - House tax writers contemplated the difficulty of abolishing tax breaks in the name of simplicity on Wednesday while considering ideas to overhaul federal tax laws.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks

Federal pension agency could see $71 billion deficit

Down to the Signs
Augusta's SouthTrust Bank branches have been operating as Wachovia Bank branches for several months. On Friday morning, most of them will begin flying the Wachovia banner.

Top Saudi says kingdom has plenty of oil

Top Saudi says kingdom has plenty of oil
WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia has plenty of oil - more than the world is likely to need - along with an increasing ability to refine crude oil into gasoline and other products before selling it overseas, a top Saudi official says.

Official forecast is a bit dimmer
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Wednesday issued a slightly less optimistic forecast for the country's economic growth and inflation for the rest of the year but predicted a solid increase in new jobs.

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding

Federal pension agency could see $71 billion deficit
WASHINGTON - The federal agency that insures private pensions could see its deficit balloon to $71 billion during the next decade, Congress' top budget analyst said Thursday.

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles

Top Saudi says kingdom has plenty of oil
WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia has plenty of oil - more than the world is likely to need - along with an increasing ability to refine crude oil into gasoline and other products before selling it overseas, a top Saudi official says.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks
WASHINGTON - House tax writers contemplated the difficulty of abolishing tax breaks in the name of simplicity on Wednesday while considering ideas to overhaul federal tax laws.

Development plans run gamut
Today, motorists might notice the site for its barren landscape. But eventually, a cleared location off North Belair Road will have everything from medical to professional to retail offerings and even parklike green space.

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding
NEW YORK - Stocks slumped Wednesday as the Bush administration said the nation's economy would likely grow at a slower pace than forecast six months ago, an assessment that eclipsed positive corporate news and lower oil prices.

Greenspan says economy on reasonably firm ground
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that the economy seems to be on a "reasonably firm footing," with inflation under control.

Sentence holds businesses' fate
The companies Charles Walker spent years building could fall apart in a matter of weeks, depending on the severity of his sentence.

Federal pension agency could see $71 billion deficit
WASHINGTON - The federal agency that insures private pensions could see its deficit balloon to $71 billion during the next decade, Congress' top budget analyst said Thursday.

Down to the Signs
Augusta's SouthTrust Bank branches have been operating as Wachovia Bank branches for several months. On Friday morning, most of them will begin flying the Wachovia banner.

Deadline for next-generation TVs moved up
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators on Thursday moved up the deadlines for manufacturers to make popular, mid-sized television sets capable of receiving digital signals.

Greenspan says economy on reasonably firm ground

Development plans run gamut

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles
WASHINGTON - Oil prices fell for the third straight day on Wednesday, slipping below $53 a barrel after a rally that was sparked by a drop in supplies and as brokers locked in profits from a recent runup.

Sentence holds businesses' fate

Greenspan says economy on reasonably firm ground
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that the economy seems to be on a "reasonably firm footing," with inflation under control.

Editorial cartoon
Published June 10, 2005. Click on the image for a larger version.

Intellectual carjacking
Imagine the feeling you'd get by seeing a passing motorist behind the wheel of your car, which you didn't even know was stolen.

No game plan

No game plan
A recent spot check of entertainment Web sites found their lead stories to be singer Michael Jackson's molestation trial, actor Russell Crowe's assault arrest and the search for an Alabama girl missing in Aruba.

More digits or less hassle?
The price of population growth in our part of Georgia, along with expanding use of fax lines, computer lines and cell phones, is that by next year we could all be dialing 10 digits to make a local phone call.

The right ruling on pot

More digits or less hassle?
The price of population growth in our part of Georgia, along with expanding use of fax lines, computer lines and cell phones, is that by next year we could all be dialing 10 digits to make a local phone call.

A ray of sunshine
At one point Tuesday, when the Augusta Commission was wrangling over how to pick an interim mayor to replace Bob Young who's departing for a federal post June 20, Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, perhaps embarrassed by the panel's feuding and fussing, suggested going into legal - i.e. secret - session to continue the discussions.

Intellectual carjacking

The right ruling on pot
Don't believe it. Poor, sick old ladies smoking marijuana to gain relief from multiple sclerosis, glaucoma or some other painful disease aren't going to be arrested by jackbooted feds raiding their homes as a result of this week's 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that medical marijuana laws in 10 states violate federal law.

More digits or less hassle?

The right ruling on pot
Don't believe it. Poor, sick old ladies smoking marijuana to gain relief from multiple sclerosis, glaucoma or some other painful disease aren't going to be arrested by jackbooted feds raiding their homes as a result of this week's 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that medical marijuana laws in 10 states violate federal law.

A ray of sunshine
At one point Tuesday, when the Augusta Commission was wrangling over how to pick an interim mayor to replace Bob Young who's departing for a federal post June 20, Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, perhaps embarrassed by the panel's feuding and fussing, suggested going into legal - i.e. secret - session to continue the discussions.

A ray of sunshine

Intellectual carjacking
Imagine the feeling you'd get by seeing a passing motorist behind the wheel of your car, which you didn't even know was stolen.

No game plan
A recent spot check of entertainment Web sites found their lead stories to be singer Michael Jackson's molestation trial, actor Russell Crowe's assault arrest and the search for an Alabama girl missing in Aruba.

Pitt, Jolie careful to keep apart in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY - Gushing praise for one another - but ducking questions about a possible romantic relationship - "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie briefly visited Mexico's capital for the premiere of their new film.

Stuff to do
The undefeated Augusta FireBall United, a developmental soccer team made up of collegiate players, takes on the Ajax Orlando Prospects at 7:30 p.m. today at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown.

Mystery of Brangelina is helping 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'
NEW YORK - Forget the curse of "Gigli," the mystery of Brangelina just may fuel ticket sales for "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's steamy spy-vs.-spy, hubby-vs.-wife action flick.\r\n

The Section has room to play at Hale Tiki
D. Timm's Jazz Cafe is gone, but its house band, The Section, will play on. After performing its last gig for the restaurant and jazz cafe at 302 Sixth St., The Section has moved to Hale Tiki, at 660 Broad St. The band will perform there Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

Concerts calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

Culkin pleads guilty to two misdemeanor drug charges

Concerts calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Stuff to do
The undefeated Augusta FireBall United, a developmental soccer team made up of collegiate players, takes on the Ajax Orlando Prospects at 7:30 p.m. today at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown.

The Section has room to play at Hale Tiki
D. Timm's Jazz Cafe is gone, but its house band, The Section, will play on. After performing its last gig for the restaurant and jazz cafe at 302 Sixth St., The Section has moved to Hale Tiki, at 660 Broad St. The band will perform there Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

People in the News
RALEIGH, N.C. - With his wife's cancer treatment complete, former Sen. John Edwards and his family plan to move back to Raleigh from Washington this week.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

Mystery of Brangelina is helping 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'
NEW YORK - Forget the curse of "Gigli," the mystery of Brangelina just may fuel ticket sales for "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's steamy spy-vs.-spy, hubby-vs.-wife action flick.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Pitt, Jolie careful to keep apart in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY - Gushing praise for one another - but ducking questions about a possible romantic relationship - "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie briefly visited Mexico's capital for the premiere of their new film.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

The Liquid Life: Still Water Tap Room
STILL WATER TAP ROOM ADDRESS: 974 Broad St. BEER ON TAP: Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Bass Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, Dinkle Acker Lager, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Rogue Nut...

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area bars and bistros:

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area bars and bistros:

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in 14 months

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in 14 months
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell again this week, dropping to the lowest point since the spring of 2004, according to a nationwide survey.

30-year mortgage rates fall to lowest level in 14 months
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell again this week, dropping to the lowest point since the spring of 2004, according to a nationwide survey.

Anglers wait on bait fish schools

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments

Anglers wait on bait fish schools
Thurmond Lake anglers are trying to resolve a fishing mystery: Where are the schools of bait fish that generally show up on depth finders' screens in the 25- to- 35-foot levels of the lake this time of the year?

Anglers wait on bait fish schools
Thurmond Lake anglers are trying to resolve a fishing mystery: Where are the schools of bait fish that generally show up on depth finders' screens in the 25- to- 35-foot levels of the lake this time of the year?

Hildebrandt's food store

Hildebrandt's food store
ADDRESS: 226 Sixth St.ON THE MENU: Sandwiches served on rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, white or wheat bread or kaiser, onion or sub rolls: BLT: $2.50; bologna, $2; braunschweiger, $2.50...

Hildebrandt's food store
ADDRESS: 226 Sixth St. ON THE MENU: Sandwiches served on rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, white or wheat bread or kaiser, onion or sub rolls: BLT: $2.50; bologna, $2; braunschweiger, $2.50...

Tour, show pay homage to day lilies
Day lilies come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and are hard to kill. But that toughness comes at the price of a short shelf life for the bloom - just once a year.

Tour, show pay homage to day lilies
Day lilies come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and are hard to kill. But that toughness comes at the price of a short shelf life for the bloom - just once a year.

Tour, show pay homage to day lilies

How to help your bulbs
Before your spring flowering bulbs melt back into the soil until next year, take a last look at their dying leaves.

Jackets' pitching fits fine
ATLANTA - The meetings varied in length, from 10 minutes to half an hour.

Jackets' pitching fits fine
ATLANTA - The meetings varied in length, from 10 minutes to half an hour.

Jackets' pitching fits fine

Changes snap Jackets' scoreless streak
Brad Vericker wasn't in the Augusta GreenJackets' original lineup Thursday night against the Asheville Tourists.

Good pitching not enough for Augusta
Darren Sack's record fell below .500 Wednesday afternoon, but much like Osiris Matos on Tuesday, the Augusta GreenJackets starter didn't deserve the loss.

Good pitching not enough for Augusta
Darren Sack's record fell below .500 Wednesday afternoon, but much like Osiris Matos on Tuesday, the Augusta GreenJackets starter didn't deserve the loss.

Changes snap Jackets' scoreless streak
Brad Vericker wasn't in the Augusta GreenJackets' original lineup Thursday night against the Asheville Tourists.

United States wins Palmer Cup

United States wins Palmer Cup
HAVEN, Wis. - Roberto Castro and Jeff Overton teamed to win an alternate-shot match and added singles victories to lead the United States to a 14-10 victory over Europe on Thursday in the Palmer Cup college matches.

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial
ORLANDO, Fla. - Learjet should not be held responsible for the 1999 plane accident that killed golfer Payne Stewart, jurors said Wednesday.

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial
ORLANDO, Fla. - Learjet should not be held responsible for the 1999 plane accident that killed golfer Payne Stewart, jurors said Wednesday.

United States wins Palmer Cup
HAVEN, Wis. - Roberto Castro and Jeff Overton teamed to win an alternate-shot match and added singles victories to lead the United States to a 14-10 victory over Europe on Thursday in the Palmer Cup college matches.

Changes snap Jackets' scoreless streak

Good pitching not enough for Augusta

Tropical Storm Arlene forms in Caribbean
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Arlene developed Thursday in the northwest Caribbean Sea, edging closer to western Cuba as the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm. Gulf Coast residents, including those in storm-battered Florida, were warned to beware.

Tropical Storm Arlene forms in Caribbean
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Arlene developed Thursday in the northwest Caribbean Sea, edging closer to western Cuba as the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm. Gulf Coast residents, including those in storm-battered Florida, were warned to beware.

Summer vacation postcards arrive from all over
On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.

Summer vacation postcards arrive from all over
On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.

Development authority executive director resigns
Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Chris Naylor has resigned.

Accommodate all faiths on their many holy days
Stephanie Wilson ("Honor Sabbath as intended," June 5) is absolutely right: It is abominable that we prevent Augustans from exercising their First Amendment right to worship by conducting business, pleasure and other non-Sabbath events on Sundays.Jennifer Carson, Hephzibah

Deceptions on Iraq persist
In April 2004, ABC Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel recited the names of 721 young Americans who died in Iraq.Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Sundays don't mean inactivity
Wow! Guess who got all the seasons of The Andy Griffith Show on DVD? Apparently Stephanie Wilson ("Honor Sabbath as intended," June 5) needs to step away from the television.Mark Zagar, Evans

In short, bring troops home

In short, bring troops home
It is time to start calling for U.S. troops to be removed from Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, but also anywhere else in the world.William E. Veal, North Augusta, S.C.

Accommodate all faiths on their many holy days

In short, bring troops home
It is time to start calling for U.S. troops to be removed from Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, but also anywhere else in the world.William E. Veal, North Augusta, S.C.

Cultivate our pupils' fertile, young minds
School is out for the summer. How many children have been left behind?Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Accommodate all faiths on their many holy days
Stephanie Wilson ("Honor Sabbath as intended," June 5) is absolutely right: It is abominable that we prevent Augustans from exercising their First Amendment right to worship by conducting business, pleasure and other non-Sabbath events on Sundays.Jennifer Carson, Hephzibah

Insurance plan is worrisome

Insurance plan is worrisome
I read with interest the recent story reporting that state employees soon will have to pay more for medical insurance if they smoke. William Head, Grovetown

Insurance plan is worrisome
I read with interest the recent story reporting that state employees soon will have to pay more for medical insurance if they smoke. William Head, Grovetown

Children try out this season's new playthings

Retro styling of Mustang makes it one very hot ride

Reporter takes aim at clay targets

Clay shooting can be family affair

Robots at Expo display some talents

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive

That babyface looks great - but not for a politician

Hispanics fastest-growing minority

Living briefs

Little Suzuki Reno has upscale style

Reporter takes aim at clay targets
I had not pulled a trigger, not held a gun, for more than 15 years.

Clay shooting can be family affair
Arms crossed and her face creased with a small frown, Rachel Welch, 13, watches from behind amber safety glasses as her father, older sister and mother, in turn, lift shotguns toward the sky and take aim at the bright-orange targets spinning across their field of vision at the Pinetucky Gun Club's skeet range south of Augusta.

Retro styling of Mustang makes it one very hot ride
DETROIT - Detroit has a new crown jewel. After just one year on the market, the much-lauded Chrysler 300 - winner of a long list of awards and the got-to-have-it hype of such celebrities as Snoop Dogg - is being outsold by a hot new domestic car. And a two-door, to boot.

That babyface looks great - but not for a politician
WASHINGTON - Babyface is ideal for cooing infants, or as a nickname for singer-songwriter-producer Kenny Edmonds. In politicians, though, it's often a losing look.

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive
SAN FRANCISCO - Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.

Little Suzuki Reno has upscale style
Forget about small cars looking plain and boring.

Hispanics fastest-growing minority
WASHINGTON - Hispanics accounted for half the 2.9 million U.S. population growth from 2003 to 2004 and now constitute one-seventh of all people in the United States.

Robots at Expo display some talents
NAGAKUTE, Japan - They could hit fastballs, draw portraits and be seen breathing. Not bad for robots.

Children try out this season's new playthings
Video games now are as entertaining as movies, and computers have the power to sap hours from a day, but when the sun shines, children still go out.

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive
SAN FRANCISCO - Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.

Little Suzuki Reno has upscale style
Forget about small cars looking plain and boring.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Clay shooting can be family affair
Arms crossed and her face creased with a small frown, Rachel Welch, 13, watches from behind amber safety glasses as her father, older sister and mother, in turn, lift shotguns toward the sky and take aim at the bright-orange targets spinning across their field of vision at the Pinetucky Gun Club's skeet range south of Augusta.

Robots at Expo display some talents
NAGAKUTE, Japan - They could hit fastballs, draw portraits and be seen breathing. Not bad for robots.

Reporter takes aim at clay targets
I had not pulled a trigger, not held a gun, for more than 15 years.

Hispanics fastest-growing minority
WASHINGTON - Hispanics accounted for half the 2.9 million U.S. population growth from 2003 to 2004 and now constitute one-seventh of all people in the United States.

That babyface looks great - but not for a politician
WASHINGTON - Babyface is ideal for cooing infants, or as a nickname for singer-songwriter-producer Kenny Edmonds. In politicians, though, it's often a losing look.

Children try out this season's new playthings
Video games now are as entertaining as movies, and computers have the power to sap hours from a day, but when the sun shines, children still go out.

Retro styling of Mustang makes it one very hot ride
DETROIT - Detroit has a new crown jewel. After just one year on the market, the much-lauded Chrysler 300 - winner of a long list of awards and the got-to-have-it hype of such celebrities as Snoop Dogg - is being outsold by a hot new domestic car. And a two-door, to boot.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Library events
MAIN LIBRARYTEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

Interim mayor rules outlined
The legal qualifications to become Augusta's interim mayor became a little bit clearer Wednesday, but not by much.

North Augusta artist puts her people on display
Some people don't know Moses Miller, but Donna Garvey hopes they know someone like her.

Support groups
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Kid of the Day
Sankeysha Geter is today's Kid of the Day.

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

Fire chief finalist backs out
One of the two finalists for the Augusta fire chief's job has withdrawn his name from contention, but it remained unclear Wednesday whether the remaining finalist will get the job.

Walker's sentence could be lengthy
If former state Sen. Charles Walker were a regular Joe convicted of illegally finagling a contract with a state hospital, he could expect only a few years in prison.

Proposal would move all graduations inside

Across the area
A single-car accident killed a Martinez man early Wednesday.

Events
LIFENET CHARITY RIDE: Bike registration, 8-10:30 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday; Paradise Barbecue, 1312 Washington Highway, Lincolnton, Ga.; to benefit Augusta Shelter for Abused Children; $5 meal tickets available at sign-in; (706) 359-4256

Teacher begins program inspired by his coaches
Neely Lovett's high school coaches were mentors and father figures who made such an impression on his life, the 33-year-old said he wanted to do the same for others.

School clubs rule creates debate
ATLANTA - Pupils, parents and teachers clashed Wednesday over the limits on children's freedom at a public hearing on a state Board of Education rule that would require parental permission to take part in extracurricular organizations.

School clubs rule creates debate
ATLANTA - Pupils, parents and teachers clashed Wednesday over the limits on children's freedom at a public hearing on a state Board of Education rule that would require parental permission to take part in extracurricular organizations.

Kid of the Day
Sankeysha Geter is today's Kid of the Day.

Walker's lawyers ask for acquittal

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A man was shot and beaten, and several other people - including a 3-month-old infant - were tied up Wednesday morning during a home invasion robbery.

Ditching mosquitoes turns into federal fight on island

Owners await end of law on minibottles

Man demands rules on city-owned land

News you can use

ALS clinic offers care, support

Owners await end of law on minibottles
AIKEN - Bartenders won't be pouring such stiff drinks in South Carolina next year.

Across South Carolina

Reunions
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion Friday-Sunday; $90 per graduate, $150 per couple; contact Alyssa Smith Brinson, 733-9079 or richmond academy1995@yahoo.com

Across the area

Fire chief finalist backs out
One of the two finalists for the Augusta fire chief's job has withdrawn his name from contention, but it remained unclear Wednesday whether the remaining finalist will get the job.

Kid of the Day

Around the block
The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy's seventh annual Swamp Soiree will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in a home along the Savannah River. The event will feature entertainment from the Carl Purdy Bluegrass Band, fly-fishing demonstrations, a wildlife display by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a raffle and dinner catered by Dye's Southern Catering. Tickets are $65. Call 828-2109.

Development authority executive director resigns

Milestones
Louis M. Cox, Christopher H. Fleming, Ilisa B. Stern and John T. Tran, Medical College of Georgia dental students from Augusta, have been awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Police think suicide try was part of escape plan

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Belt law gets tougher for South Carolinians

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem
Residents and friends of the Bethlehem area gathered at New Bethlehem Community Center on May 31 and selected seven items for the center to focus on.

Across Georgia

Drumming in music lesson
Artscape is a six-week collaborative program between the club and the Greater Augusta Arts Council in which arts-related people or agencies will teach children at both Boys and Girls Club locations in two-week sessions.

Contractor screening proposed

Events
LIFENET CHARITY RIDE: Bike registration, 8-10:30 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday; Paradise Barbecue, 1312 Washington Highway, Lincolnton, Ga.; to benefit Augusta Shelter for Abused Children; $5 meal tickets available at sign-in; (706) 359-4256

News you can use

Support groups

Soldier takes a chance, gets $1 million payoff

Man leaves military behind for ministry

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival
Monique Davis, 6, ran through water spewing near the intersection of Swanee Quintet and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Turpin Street.

Across the area
A former bail bondsman held on charges including solicitation of rape was denied bond Thursday.

Westinghouse is making good on pledge

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A public-private plan to help South Carolina slim down was released Thursday.

Justice in Georgia just got a new face
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, expressing strong opposition for "activist judges" who legislate from the bench, chose his own top legal adviser on Wednesday to fill the first vacancy in a decade on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Across Georgia
McDONOUGH - A 14-year-old girl who was shot in the back of the head by her 15-year-old brother has died.

Proposal would move all graduations inside
Graduates stayed dry, but wind blew down flags, played havoc with caps and gowns and drowned out speakers during some recent Richmond County high school graduations.

Contractor screening proposed
In an effort to keep registered sex offenders away from schoolchildren, the Richmond County Board of Education is considering a policy to require contractors and vendors to screen their employees.

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem

Soldier takes a chance, gets $1 million payoff
Sgt. 1st Class Willie Kendrick said he had a "good feeling" Thursday morning - about 1 million of them.

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride
ATLANTA - When Jennifer Wilbanks decided to duck out on her wedding in late April, police in her hometown of Duluth weren't the only ones who spent time and money looking for her.

Plan softens PeachCare rule
ATLANTA - The families of children who depend on a state-funded health-care program will be able to regain coverage more quickly if they're late with their premium payments under a plan approved by the board that oversees the system.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the Day
Rosalynn B. Knight is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A man was shot and beaten, and several other people - including a 3-month-old infant - were tied up Wednesday morning during a home invasion robbery.

Ditching mosquitoes turns into federal fight on island
LITTLE ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - When Dwayne Harris eased up on the gas in the pickup he was driving along a dirt road, the mosquitoes took advantage.

Recycling
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Walker's lawyers ask for acquittal
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's attorneys filed a motion Thursday asking the judge to grant a judgment of acquittal or a new trial.

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

Plan softens PeachCare rule

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery
Comments from readers:

Gifted program helps pupils, teachers

Drumming in music lesson
Artscape is a six-week collaborative program between the club and the Greater Augusta Arts Council in which arts-related people or agencies will teach children at both Boys and Girls Club locations in two-week sessions.

Businesses remain split on smoking ban's effect

Ex-agent criticizes Deep Throat's role
HANNIBAL, Mo. - Nick O'Hara was a new FBI agent in Washington in 1963 when he first met Mark Felt, the bureau executive later nicknamed Deep Throat when he became a source for damaging information about the investigation into President Nixon during the Watergate crisis.

Police think suicide try was part of escape plan
Authorities say they now believe two inmates who simultaneously attempted suicide at the Columbia County Detention Center on May 27 might have done so to get to Georgia Regional Hospital in an effort to escape.

Man leaves military behind for ministry
It was a proud day for Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Dimery Sr.

Correction
A profile about musician Jonothan Powell in the Applause section of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained the wrong Web site for his band, The Wave. The Web site is www.thewavelive.com. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Local Scout funding isn't tied to quota
The kind of controversy that has erupted in Atlanta over United Way funding of the Boy Scouts is unlikely in Augusta, local officials of those organizations say.

Belt law gets tougher for South Carolinians
AIKEN - Not buckling up could cost South Carolina drivers more than their lives.

City on watch for bad driving
After Georgia's introduction of a Web site to let the public report bad drivers in state-owned vehicles, Augusta officials say they don't have any immediate plans to do something similar here.

Gifted program helps pupils, teachers
With popsicle sticks, marbles, rubber bands, plastic spoons and hot glue, 11-year-old Michael Haddow constructed a miniature device to protect his mock castle.

Across the river
CONFEDERATE VETS MEET: 7 p.m. Thursday; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Roy Parrish Jr.; free, fee for optional meal; 648-6072

Businesses remain split on smoking ban's effect
It has been six months since Columbia County kicked the habit with an indoor public smoking ban. And since January, county officials say they have yet to notice any withdrawal symptoms, at least on the enforcement side.

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival
Monique Davis, 6, ran through water spewing near the intersection of Swanee Quintet and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Turpin Street.

Man demands rules on city-owned land
AIKEN - An Aiken developer who restored dilapidated homes in rundown neighborhoods on the city's north side is now asking city council members to reform their policy on selling city-owned land.

For the record

ALS clinic offers care, support
Retired Army Lt. Col. Wade Dupuis remembers waking up one morning and suddenly talking thickly.

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival

Development authority executive director resigns
Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Chris Naylor has resigned.

School clubs rule creates debate

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A former bail bondsman held on charges including solicitation of rape was denied bond Thursday.

Recycling

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina could again be headed down the road to installing toll booths on Interstate 95.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A public-private plan to help South Carolina slim down was released Thursday.

Library events
MAIN LIBRARY TEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

Across Georgia
McDONOUGH - A 14-year-old girl who was shot in the back of the head by her 15-year-old brother has died.

CSRA Bridge Club Masterpoint Race winners
CSRA Bridge Club Masterpoint Race winners May 30 - June 5

Plan softens PeachCare rule
ATLANTA - The families of children who depend on a state-funded health-care program will be able to regain coverage more quickly if they're late with their premium payments under a plan approved by the board that oversees the system.

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates

Kid of the Day
Rosalynn B. Knight is today's Kid of the Day.

City on watch for bad driving
After Georgia's introduction of a Web site to let the public report bad drivers in state-owned vehicles, Augusta officials say they don't have any immediate plans to do something similar here.

Ditching mosquitoes turns into federal fight on island
LITTLE ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - When Dwayne Harris eased up on the gas in the pickup he was driving along a dirt road, the mosquitoes took advantage.

Around the block
The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy's seventh annual Swamp Soiree will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in a home along the Savannah River. The event will feature entertainment from the Carl Purdy Bluegrass Band, fly-fishing demonstrations, a wildlife display by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a raffle and dinner catered by Dye's Southern Catering. Tickets are $65. Call 828-2109.

Walker's lawyers ask for acquittal
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's attorneys filed a motion Thursday asking the judge to grant a judgment of acquittal or a new trial.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Police think suicide try was part of escape plan
Authorities say they now believe two inmates who simultaneously attempted suicide at the Columbia County Detention Center on May 27 might have done so to get to Georgia Regional Hospital in an effort to escape.

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the score (out of a perfect 100):

Businesses remain split on smoking ban's effect
It has been six months since Columbia County kicked the habit with an indoor public smoking ban. And since January, county officials say they have yet to notice any withdrawal symptoms, at least on the enforcement side.

Road would ease school traffic woes
A new road might ease traffic congestion at the Greenbrier schools complex in Evans.

Man demands rules on city-owned land
AIKEN - An Aiken developer who restored dilapidated homes in rundown neighborhoods on the city's north side is now asking city council members to reform their policy on selling city-owned land.

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery
Comments from readers:

Civic center will play host to graduations next year
Years of debate surrounding where to hold high school graduations was settled Thursday with one vote of the Richmond County Board of Education.

Former co-workers arrested in forgery
Three former employees of an HIV/AIDS support services agency have been arrested after being linked to an attempt to forge checks amounting to more than $6,000, police said.

Contractor screening proposed
In an effort to keep registered sex offenders away from schoolchildren, the Richmond County Board of Education is considering a policy to require contractors and vendors to screen their employees.

Across the area
A single-car accident killed a Martinez man early Wednesday.

Belt law gets tougher for South Carolinians
AIKEN - Not buckling up could cost South Carolina drivers more than their lives.

Road would ease school traffic woes
A new road might ease traffic congestion at the Greenbrier schools complex in Evans.

Gifted program helps pupils, teachers
With popsicle sticks, marbles, rubber bands, plastic spoons and hot glue, 11-year-old Michael Haddow constructed a miniature device to protect his mock castle.

Owners await end of law on minibottles
AIKEN - Bartenders won't be pouring such stiff drinks in South Carolina next year.

School board lowers raises
Superintendent Charles Larke and his administrative staff will get the same raises as teachers, a reversal from the original 4 percent salary bump he suggested.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - An assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after he was previously charged with driving under the influence in a collision about a month ago.

ALS clinic offers care, support
Retired Army Lt. Col. Wade Dupuis remembers waking up one morning and suddenly talking thickly.

Children learn to create at Artrageous!
The sounds of drills and saws being used inside a workroom at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday gave the impression there was a construction project going on rather than an art activity.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride
ATLANTA - When Jennifer Wilbanks decided to duck out on her wedding in late April, police in her hometown of Duluth weren't the only ones who spent time and money looking for her.

City on watch for bad driving

Children learn to create at Artrageous!
The sounds of drills and saws being used inside a workroom at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday gave the impression there was a construction project going on rather than an art activity.

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Soldier takes a chance, gets $1 million payoff
Sgt. 1st Class Willie Kendrick said he had a "good feeling" Thursday morning - about 1 million of them.

Support groups
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Around the block

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the score (out of a perfect 100):

Former co-workers arrested in forgery

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

This week

Across the river
CONFEDERATE VETS MEET: 7 p.m. Thursday; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Roy Parrish Jr.; free, fee for optional meal; 648-6072

Across the river

Recycling
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Drumming in music lesson

Former co-workers arrested in forgery
Three former employees of an HIV/AIDS support services agency have been arrested after being linked to an attempt to forge checks amounting to more than $6,000, police said.

Across the area

North Augusta artist puts her people on display
Some people don't know Moses Miller, but Donna Garvey hopes they know someone like her.

Reunions

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERY Seventh Street, 821-0200

Fire chief finalist backs out

Justice in Georgia just got a new face
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, expressing strong opposition for "activist judges" who legislate from the bench, chose his own top legal adviser on Wednesday to fill the first vacancy in a decade on the Georgia Supreme Court.

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride

Proposal would move all graduations inside
Graduates stayed dry, but wind blew down flags, played havoc with caps and gowns and drowned out speakers during some recent Richmond County high school graduations.

Across Georgia

Westinghouse is making good on pledge
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde presented North Augusta 2000 officials with a check for $50,000 on May 2.

Milestones

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - An assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after he was previously charged with driving under the influence in a collision about a month ago.

Events

Westinghouse is making good on pledge
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde presented North Augusta 2000 officials with a check for $50,000 on May 2.

Kid of the Day

Man leaves military behind for ministry
It was a proud day for Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Dimery Sr.

Road would ease school traffic woes

This week
FLIP FLOP FUN: 10 a.m. to noon today; Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; learn to make flip flops; for ages 5-17; sponsored by Girl Scout Traveling Troops; free; 774-0505

Library events

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem
Residents and friends of the Bethlehem area gathered at New Bethlehem Community Center on May 31 and selected seven items for the center to focus on.

North Augusta artist puts her people on display

Reunions
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion Friday-Sunday; $90 per graduate, $150 per couple; contact Alyssa Smith Brinson, 733-9079 or richmond academy1995@yahoo.com

Justice in Georgia just got a new face

Milestones
Louis M. Cox, Christopher H. Fleming, Ilisa B. Stern and John T. Tran, Medical College of Georgia dental students from Augusta, have been awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Children learn to create at Artrageous!

This week
FLIP FLOP FUN: 10 a.m. to noon today; Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; learn to make flip flops; for ages 5-17; sponsored by Girl Scout Traveling Troops; free; 774-0505

Events should be inspired by films shown at Common
I wonder whether Riverwalk Special Events has ever considered giving us a little fun with our features.

Mini reviews

Lucas to receive life-achievement award
LOS ANGELES - George Lucas figures this is the ideal time to receive the American Film Institute's life-achievement award, now that he's getting out of the "Star Wars" business and embarking on a second career as an avant-garde filmmaker.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change.

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

Remakes cast minorities in roles once filled by whites
NEW YORK - When Jackie Gleason was growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in the 1930s, many of his neighbors resembled his family, Irish and working-class. Today, the residents remain mostly working-class, but almost all are black.

New DVD releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases and a calendar of what's coming:

Lucas to receive life-achievement award

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

New DVD releases

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'
With BC-Obit-Bancroft-Filmography

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change.

Lucas to receive life-achievement award
LOS ANGELES - George Lucas figures this is the ideal time to receive the American Film Institute's life-achievement award, now that he's getting out of the "Star Wars" business and embarking on a second career as an avant-garde filmmaker.

New DVD releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases and a calendar of what's coming:

Events should be inspired by films shown at Common
I wonder whether Riverwalk Special Events has ever considered giving us a little fun with our features.

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

Events should be inspired by films shown at Common

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'
With BC-Obit-Bancroft-Filmography

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success
Going for the obvious instead of the interesting, for the quick buck instead of the quality product, the Black Eyed Peas, once a bright hope emerging from the hip-hop underground, have officially sold out.

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell

Hot ticket
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday,br> WHERE: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country
Now in its 12th year, Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival has emerged as a leader in the ever-expanding pack of summer music festivals.

Midtown schedule of performers
COCA-COLA/VERIZON WIRELESS/HOT 107.9/ FOX 5 STAGE PRODUCED BY JERMAINE DUPRI

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style
Former North Augustan Miriam Allen will be back in the area this weekend to perform original songs she calls "my crazy, Latiny, country-gone-awry music."

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell
AGE: 25HOMETOWN: Augusta

Shakira looks to repeat success with Spanish CD

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success
Going for the obvious instead of the interesting, for the quick buck instead of the quality product, the Black Eyed Peas, once a bright hope emerging from the hip-hop underground, have officially sold out.

Shakira looks to repeat success with Spanish CD
NEW YORK - Stardom in any language is old hat for Shakira. A singer since she was a teen, the Colombia native has long been a sensation in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries, selling millions of records with her sultry voice, rock-tinged anthems and belly gyrations.

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country
Now in its 12th year, Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival has emerged as a leader in the ever-expanding pack of summer music festivals.

Shakira looks to repeat success with Spanish CD
NEW YORK - Stardom in any language is old hat for Shakira. A singer since she was a teen, the Colombia native has long been a sensation in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries, selling millions of records with her sultry voice, rock-tinged anthems and belly gyrations.

Midtown schedule of performers
COCA-COLA/VERIZON WIRELESS/HOT 107.9/ FOX 5 STAGE PRODUCED BY JERMAINE DUPRI

Midtown schedule of performers

Hot ticket
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday,br>WHERE: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

Hot ticket

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell
AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Augusta

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style

Vibe MusicFest marks Black Music Month
The staff at Vibe Magazine saw a void in a major national celebration of Black Music Month and decided to be an innovator this June by filling that void.

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style
Former North Augustan Miriam Allen will be back in the area this weekend to perform original songs she calls "my crazy, Latiny, country-gone-awry music."

Wanted: Women drivers

Patience in short supply already
LONG POND, Pa. - In a business where everything happens at full speed, there is little time for patience.

Patience in short supply already

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, finished seventh in last Sunday's race at Dover, Del., his best effort of the season.

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, finished seventh in last Sunday's race at Dover, Del., his best effort of the season.

Wanted: Women drivers
LONG POND, Pa. - Danica Patrick got what she wanted: NASCAR's attention.

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth

Wanted: Women drivers
LONG POND, Pa. - Danica Patrick got what she wanted: NASCAR's attention.

Patience in short supply already
LONG POND, Pa. - In a business where everything happens at full speed, there is little time for patience.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens

Redskins penalized for physical practices

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Bone    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Malcolm Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Glover Toney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Story    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Steadman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Sherman Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Moses Haynes    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille S. Sheppard    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Anderson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Warren B. Ridge    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William McClendon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell    (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mrs. Bertha H. Murphy    (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Leona Low    (LAJOLLA, CA)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian C. Johnson    (CANOOCHE, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Malcolm Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Jackson, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis Gaston    (AVERA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Lehman Marsh    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irving F. Borders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Low    (LAJOLLA, CA)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian C. Johnson    (CANOOCHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard    (HOLLAND, MI)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Terence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Jackson, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Gibson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. William Ivey, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Moses Haynes    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis Gaston    (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Lehman Marsh    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Gibson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred C. Carter    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William McClendon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Tucker    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Madison Hodges    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Steadman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Sherman Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille S. Sheppard    (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren B. Ridge    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha H. Murphy    (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Story    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Glover Toney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Terence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Madison Hodges    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Anderson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred C. Carter    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell    (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard    (HOLLAND, MI)

Mr. Irving F. Borders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Bone    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Ivey, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha H. Murphy (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mr. Terence Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis Gaston (AVERA, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille S. Sheppard (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Malcolm Sheets (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Madison Hodges (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren B. Ridge (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Bone (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Glover Toney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Story (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William McClendon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Low (LAJOLLA, CA)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian C. Johnson (CANOOCHE, Ga.)

Mr. Fred C. Carter (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irving F. Borders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Philpot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Anderson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Moses Haynes (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Ivey, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard (HOLLAND, MI)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Gibson (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. George Jackson, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mr. James Lehman Marsh (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Sherman Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Steadman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bets are on Afleet Alex

Overtime

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line

Area Announcements

Augusta team has learned its lesson

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring

Tyson has much to prove in ring

Augusta FireBall still unbeaten

Augusta FireBall still unbeaten
The Augusta FireBall United lost one zero next to its name in the standings of the USL Player Development League.

Overtime
In Mont Ventoux, France, Lance Armstrong finished fourth on one of cycling's revered climbs Thursday, beaten in a stage of the Dauphine Libere by a key rival as he prepares for July's bid for a seventh straight Tour de France title.

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring
Divante Jones has a title to defend. The 12-year-old will step into the ring this weekend with one goal in mind: To win this year's Ringside Summer Classic.

Tyson has much to prove in ring
WASHINGTON - Kevin McBride barely had a chance to utter what seems to be the only phrase he knows when Mike Tyson told him how it was going to be.

Augusta team has learned its lesson
The Augusta Junior Rowers varsity men's quad team looked at last year's competition in the USRowing National Youth Invitational and scoffed. They just knew they'd medal in the biggest U.S. rowing event.

Overtime
South Aiken outfielder Ryne Salmon and Cross Creek pitcher Brett Wiggins were both taken on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line
It was a telling scene at Patriots Park on Sunday afternoon.

Augusta team has learned its lesson
The Augusta Junior Rowers varsity men's quad team looked at last year's competition in the USRowing National Youth Invitational and scoffed. They just knew they'd medal in the biggest U.S. rowing event.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted.

Overtime
South Aiken outfielder Ryne Salmon and Cross Creek pitcher Brett Wiggins were both taken on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

Augusta FireBall still unbeaten
The Augusta FireBall United lost one zero next to its name in the standings of the USL Player Development League.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted.

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line
It was a telling scene at Patriots Park on Sunday afternoon.

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring
Divante Jones has a title to defend. The 12-year-old will step into the ring this weekend with one goal in mind: To win this year's Ringside Summer Classic.

Bets are on Afleet Alex
NEW YORK - All along, trainer Tim Ritchey believed the more miles he put into Afleet Alex in the mornings the better the results would be in the afternoons.

Tyson has much to prove in ring
WASHINGTON - Kevin McBride barely had a chance to utter what seems to be the only phrase he knows when Mike Tyson told him how it was going to be.

Bets are on Afleet Alex
NEW YORK - All along, trainer Tim Ritchey believed the more miles he put into Afleet Alex in the mornings the better the results would be in the afternoons.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Deion Sanders signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens after passing his physical Wednesday, then announced himself ready for another season.

Redskins penalized for physical practices
ASHBURN, Va. - The NFL has docked the Washington Redskins three days of offseason practices for conducting workouts that were too physical.

Redskins penalized for physical practices
ASHBURN, Va. - The NFL has docked the Washington Redskins three days of offseason practices for conducting workouts that were too physical.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Deion Sanders signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens after passing his physical Wednesday, then announced himself ready for another season.

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio
Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson says television actor Rick Schroder wants to direct more country music videos.

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio
Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson says television actor Rick Schroder wants to direct more country music videos.

Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King
NEW YORK - Bob Costas will become a regular substitute host for Larry King on CNN, conducting prime-time interviews about 20 times a year, the network said Wednesday.

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - Comic Dave Chappelle has met with executives at Comedy Central for the first time since his unscheduled "spiritual retreat" in South Africa forced the suspension of the third season of his show.

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - Comic Dave Chappelle has met with executives at Comedy Central for the first time since his unscheduled "spiritual retreat" in South Africa forced the suspension of the third season of his show.

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King
NEW YORK - Bob Costas will become a regular substitute host for Larry King on CNN, conducting prime-time interviews about 20 times a year, the network said Wednesday.

Pitt, Jolie careful to keep apart in Mexico City

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Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen
Where would the world be without tattletales?

Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen
Where would the world be without tattletales?

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'

Branch crashes through roof and kills man in bed

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